Congratulations to T2 Aquatics athletes Erika Erndl and Justine Bowker, and Elizabeth Pelton (Cal Aquatics) on their official selection to the USA Swimming National "A" Team! Each year, USA Swimming selects the top 6 athletes in each event, based off results from National Championship meets and International Championship meets. T2 Aqautics is one of only 5 USS "Club" Swimming Teams to have qualified multiple current athletes to the 2013 USA National Team (the others include NBAC, SwimMac, NCAC, and Mission Viejo).
At T2 Aquatics, we are really proud of these two Post-Graduate athletes. Each of these women were strong NCAA swimmers (Erika graduated from North Carolina and Justine from The University of Michigan), and each has continued to improve over the last two years.
When I arrived in Naples, Florida in the late summer 2010, Team President Kevin Erndl and I set out to create a "Cultural" situation where we could build not only a great Club Swimming Team that does well with 18 and Under athletes, but one where Post Graduates could thrive in the pool and out of the pool. My feeling is that we have been writing the first chapters of this book during the 2011, 2012, and 2013 season. Our results have been good (not great), but my feeling in that we are simply taking the first of many steps.
Unfortunatly we have only a small Post Graduate Team right now, and because of our low numbers I have started the Fall of 2013 running some combined practices with Post Grads and High-School aged athletes. I am anticipating an increase in Post Grads over the next few months, but until then we will work with who we have! As we increase in numbers, we will increase the times we spend sectioning off Post-Graduate athletes.
Just in case there are Post Grad athletes out there who are reading this (or college/International coaches looking to send their top athletes to a place where they can thrive personally and athletically), here is what we can offer you:
1 -- A Team Culture that is focused on winning Individual and Relay Medals at International meets (this is my background as a Coach and I will not waiver from my goals).
2 -- A beautiful setting. I you haven't seen what Naples looks like, here ya go:
4 -- A supportive community that tends to enjoy and benefit from hiring our athletes.
5 -- Support of International athletes. I don't care where you are from, as long as you are planning to compete on an International level.
Here is what we expect of our Post Graduates:
1 -- High Goals
2 -- Team-Oriented Attitude. We want athletes who support our whole team, from the Post Graduate age group down to the 8 and under kids. This support is shown through daily interaction and palpable attitude.
3 -- Flexibility & the ability to train with anyone at times, regardless of age.
Our team website is located here: http://www.t2aquatics.com/Home.jsp?team=flt2
My Coaching Bio, with email contact info, is here: http://www.t2aquatics.com/Contact.jsp?team=flt2
Thanks to all who have read this far. My hope is continue to develop the younger atheltes in Naples, Florida, but I am always looking for an opportunity to work with the best athletes in the World, regardless of age!